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Beginning CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design Paperback – Jun 28 2011
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Build extraordinary web sites with CSS in the newest browsers
With Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and other browsers debuting new versions, an updated resource on building web sites with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is critical. This new edition of a perennial classic responds to that need and gets you quickly up to speed on using CSS to create appealing web sites in a professional way. Completely updated with new examples, this full-color book has been carefully revised based on reader input and now provides an even more concise and streamlined introduction to CSS. Veteran authors Ian Pouncey and Richard York cover how to write CSS from scratch like a professional, and discuss the many improvements to CSS that have emerged since the previous edition.
Beginning CSS, Third Edition:
Dissects the various elements that make up a style sheet
Demonstrates how to style and manipulate the display of text
Zeroes in on how to use background images appropriately
Examines the box model and how it is used to lay out content
Addresses a variety of ways to position content and explains how to create a complete layout
Reviews advanced techniques such as styling for mobile devices, using custom fonts, and applying gradient backgrounds with CSS
Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
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About the Author
Ian Pouncey is a web developer living in London, England, and working for the BBC. He has been working on the web for over 11 years, producing web sites from small sites for local businesses to the latest version of the Yahoo! home page. He is a member of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Education and Outreach Working Group and a web accessibility advocate.
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I started reading it without any knowledge of HTML so found it a little difficult, so after getting lost in Chapters 3 & 4, decided to learn HTML first. I came back and reread the chapters and it was a WHOLE lot clearer! I think that Richard could have better LABELLED his examples, especially in the breakdown of nomenclature, cause you end up having to guess which part he is referring to.
When you realize just to look for the changes in the code, rather than each individual line painstakingly, you realize you can go through the book (fly through it) pretty quick. Some chapters were definitely a lot more difficult than others (ex. advanced selectors) and the origins of hexadecimal values (the 0-9 for first 10 then A-F for remaining, but I guess it's not an important point in the big scheme of things).
What I DO like about though is the colour in the code -- makes for much easier digestion. Also the exercises are nice, as it's a way to test yourself if you really grasped key concepts or not.
This was my first book on CSS so I don't really have much of a comparison, but I'm going to try another book to better understanding missing parts, and deepen my level of understanding of more advanced concepts, as well as newer techniques.
I always find books that have lots of code examples much easier to read when they use color syntax as this book does.
Although the book comes in at about 400 pages, most of the space is taken up with code examples and illustrations. Being familiar with CSS, I find myself just looking at the code examples, which are enough to remind me of the style's properties and how to use them.
Unfortunately the book doesn't cover CSS3, although that's a whole book to itself. Still Wrox normally produces easy to read and understand books. This is no exception, as a beginner's book on CSS this would be the one I would choose.
I liked this book because it contained much of the original edition information.
This edition moved some topics around but still conveyed very good information.
The presentation is different from the original version, which I do not like as much as the original.